OFFICIAL: Veterans Gennaro Gattuso & Filippo Inzaghi To Leave Milan; Only Mario Yepes Pens New Deal

Only Yepes has been awarded the extension, Pippo and Rino to say goodbye…

Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi have decided to leave Milan, signaling the end of an era a day after Alessandro Nesta also bid goodbye to the Rossoneri.

Both players have expiring contracts with Milan and have been allowed to leave after a season in which they featured infrequently.

Gattuso, who joined Milan from Salernitana in 1999, has made only six appearances this season after a serious eye problem forced him to spend several months on the sidelines.

After meeting with Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, the 34-year-old Gattuso announced, “It’s time to move aside and leave space to others.  I’ll go away for a year and then we’ll see.

“I will explain everything at a press conference on Saturday. I do not know yet where I will go, I have not yet decided.”

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Inzaghi wrote a long letter posted on Milan’s website saying “Thank you Milan, thank you football,” indicating that Sunday’s season finale against Novara could be the final game of his career.

Inzaghi has been at Milan since 2001, when he joined the club from Juventus in a  €37 million deal, scoring 125 goals in 296 appearances for the club.

He has only made eight appearances to date in 2011/12, with his brother, Simone, revealing the Milan ace will not retire from football just yet.

“Today I would like to thank with affection and emotion President Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani,” Inzaghi said in an open letter published on Milan’s website.

“Their electricity and their ability to transmit emotion for me made me stronger and pushed me beyond any and all limits.

“But I also want to give a thought to those who, from the youth sector to all the wonderful clubs that I’ve played for, helped me to become the man and the player that I am today.

“Thank you Milan, thank you football. Allow me to call you my own, the people of Via Turati, from Milanello to the offices to the phone operators to the warehouse workers, the physiotherapists, the doctors, the cooks, from the stadium to the changing room.

“All the people who saw me on Sunday with the short sleeves and shook with the hope that I would score.

“Goodbye Carlo Ancelotti, I won a lot with you, ciao to my wonderful fans who followed me the world over with affection and passion. Ciao to my team mates from today and yesterday.”

However, Yepes has signed a new one-year deal with Milan, the club announced on Friday.

The 36-year-old’s previous contract expired at the end of the season, and he has now extended his stay at San Siro until the summer of 2013.

Yepes, who signed for Milan in 2010 on a free transfer, has made 10 competitive appearances in 2011-12.

More players could join the Milan exodus in the next few days, with six others having expiring contracts.



5 responses to “OFFICIAL: Veterans Gennaro Gattuso & Filippo Inzaghi To Leave Milan; Only Mario Yepes Pens New Deal

  1. Rino&SupePippo: Signori del Calcio!

    And the list is now very long: Roma, Nesta, Zambrotta, Gattuso, van Bommel, Seedorf and Pippo. Probably Amelia, Mesbah, Aquilani, Maxi, Strasser and Merkel will leave as well.
    But the club will save about € 45 million only in salaries.


    • Well we didn’t “get rid” of them on time, now 12 players are about to leave in a single transfer window.
      Only 2-3 stars will fulfill their positions, if not, we ain’t gonna see CL nor Scudetto next term.
      II really hope we can do something with that €45 million and not imagine excuses that there’re no money…


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